Russia is not the only country that feels free to intervene in Syria on behalf of the Assad regime and attack U.S.-supported Syrian rebels. Cuba and Iran, two countries eagerly courted by the Obama administration that have recently signed controversial diplomatic agreements with the United States, also are deploying troops to join the fight there.
On Wednesday, a U.S. official confirmed to Fox News that Cuban paramilitary and special forces units have been deployed inside Syria, possibly using Russian transport planes after training in Russia.
This is a huge slap in the face of the Obama administration, which bent over backwards to reset bilateral relations with the Communist regime in Cuba. The White House made a series of unilateral concessions, including lifting sanctions, freeing Cuban spies from jail, and prematurely removing Cuba from the State Department’s list of state sponsors of terrorism.
After pocketing these concessions and allowing the U.S. to reopen its embassy in August, the Cubans now feel free to return to their previous role as Moscow’s stalking horse. During the 1970s and 1980s, thousands of Cuban troops were deployed to back revolutionary movements in Africa and Latin America. Roughly 1,500 Cuban troops were even deployed to Syria to support the Syrian army against Israel during the 1973 Arab-Israeli war.
Iran also has quietly expanded its military efforts in Syria. Hundreds of elite troops from the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) have been deployed this week to reinforce the several hundred already committed to the fighting. The Iranian Revolutionary Guards have joined an offensive launched by the Syrian army against rebels in northwest Syria near the city of Aleppo, which is backed by Russian air strikes.
Iran also has mobilized thousands of Hezbollah fighters from neighboring Lebanon and Iranian-trained Shiite militias from Iraq, Afghanistan, and Pakistan, which are fighting in...
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